Robert Forster Dead at 78

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

Veteran actor Robert Forster, best known for his role in Jackie Brown and most recently in Last Man Standing and the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer, PEOPLE has confirmed. "Dally Has a Lover" before John Huston cast him in "Reflections in a Golden Eye" opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. He then worked with renowned director Haskell Wexler on Medium Cool, which became a classic due to its filming during the riots at the 1969 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

After starring in two failed TV series, Forster's once-promising career went into a steady decline as he began accepting lead and supporting parts in exploitation and horror films such as 1978's Avalanche, 1980's Alligator, 1983's Vigilante. and as the heavy opposite Chuck Norris in 1986's The Delta Force. While not a financial or critical success, the film has a cult following and was at one point in development over the last decade for a remake at Disney.

Tarantino created the bail bondsman character Max Cherry with Forster in mind, and the role netted him his first Academy Award nomination.

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David Lynch cast the actor with a distinctive weathered look in "Mulholland Dr." and in the rebooted "Twin Peaks" as Sheriff Frank Truman.

Forster completed three additional projects in 2019: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories and Werewolf.

According to Variety, Forster is survived by partner Denise Grayson and his four children and four grandchildren.

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